Insight Communications Co. Inc., the eighth-largest MSO in the U.S., said
open access is one application it will consider after deploying several
next-generation cable-modem-termination systems made by RiverDelta Networks
Inc., a start-up based in Tewksbury, Mass.
Insight said it will install RiverDelta's 'Broadband Service Router 64000' in
the Lexington, Ky., area as part of an effort to offer tiered services with
guaranteed levels of service to residential and business customers.
The MSO also noted that RiverDelta's gear -- which handles policy-based
routing and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) -- could be used to support
future open-access applications.
Initially, the MSO will use RiverDelta's gear to offer high-speed
virtual-private-network services to commercial and university customers. Tiered
services will begin in the second quarter of this year, Insight said.
'In the future, with the service-delivery control that comes with the
RiverDelta equipment, we can make open access a profitable win-win opportunity
for our customers, our service-provider partners and our shareholders,' Insight
president and CEO Michael Willner said in a press release.
Insight officials were not immediately available for further comment.
Willner is scheduled to speak next week in Orlando, Fla., during the Society
of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Cable-Tec Expo.
The BSR 64000 is qualified for Data Over Cable Service Interface
Specification 1.0. The chassis has yet to be submitted to Cable Television
Laboratories Inc. for DOCSIS 1.1-qualification testing. However, RiverDelta has
submitted its smaller, pizza-box-sized 'BSR 1000' for DOCSIS 1.1 testing.
In March, Europe-based Isle of Wight Cable & Telephone cut a deal with
technical integrator Teleste Corp. to install RiverDelta's BSR 64000 on a
network that will offer voice, video and data services to about 44,000 homes and